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Salisbury Cathedral - VIII

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Type: Foliage-spewer
Location: Cathedral of St Mary the Virgin
OS GR: SU 142295
Period: Fourteenth-century
Medium: Stone-carving
Foliage: Stylised
Mood: Mythical, luxuriantly coiffed

Yet another of the spewing heads that we walked straight past on our first perambulation of the cathedral.  It forms part of the monument to Simon of Ghent (died 1315), a fine tomb-chest, with a wide ogee arch over it.  This curious pointy-eared and long-haired man-beast balances a more naturalistic disgorging lion.  Each one lurks at the base of the arch, with foliage spewing out and forming part of the decoration around the arch itself. 

Also at Salisbury

  • Many more examples of the green man at the Cathedral and elsewhere
  • In the chapter house, a rare example of a triple head
  • In the nave, a fourteenth-century clock, restored in 1956, formerly in the (now demolished) bell-tower.


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Page created on 26 Dec 2008.  Last updated on 26 Dec 2008.